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The killing of Darlinghurst Road

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Not since the Green Bans and the Victoria Street wars of the ‘70s has Kings Cross faced such a powerful and existential threat to its existence. Under the cover of COVID on Friday 11th of September Iris Capital for developer Sam Arnaout lodged its second Development Application with the City of […]

Abacus’ Metro-Minerva calculations go wrong 

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Property developers Abacus Group have thrown down the gauntlet to Potts Point and Kings Cross when last week they circularised the area with pamphlets outlining their intentions to begin community consultations with residents and business owners. Writing to the residents under the cloak of the MetroProject, with no disclosure that they […]

A park too far

By JOHN MOYLE The Berejiklian government’s creation of a new super body has been met with a mix of doubt and cautious optimism. Greater Sydney Parklands will oversee more than 6,000 hectares of public space across the Sydney Metropolitan area and will include Parramatta Park, Western Sydney Parklands, Centennial and Moore Park and Callan Park. […]

Darlinghurst AIDs memorial one step closer

By  JOHN MOYLE Almost two years since a petition calling for an AIDS memorial to be located in Darlinghurst’s Green Park, the project is now one step closer after the City of Sydney unanimously agreed to call artists for expressions of interest. The motion was proposed by councillor and deputy mayor Jess Scully and seconded […]

The Big Issue with Covid-19

By JOHN MOYLE Even in the pre-Covid hustle and bustle of city life, the one sight that was welcomed and we always had time for was our local The Big Issue vendor. Along with much of our city life, The Big Issue retailer has been missing from the landscape for around three months as more […]

Kings Cross to get intensive care

By JOHN MOYLE News of the death of Kings Cross may be premature but it is certainly on life support and urgently in need of a recent City of Sydney-backed grant. On January 14 this year, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the winding back of the lockout laws, almost six years to the day when […]

Historic cottages damned to new hotel horror

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Whenever an area is termed “rich in heritage” you can bet that a developer will be quick to descend. That is the case in Darlinghurst’s Hardie Street where over a couple of years a developer swooped on six in-line Victorian terraces and now threatens not only the heritage values of the […]

Downunder backpackers in Covid limbo

By JOHN MOYLE In recent weeks we have seen the great Covid safety net fall into place for Job Seekers and Job Keepers while many hospitality workers and entertainers still fail to qualify. There has also been much written about overseas students, who also do not qualify for any support, but little has been heard […]

Sam plays it again

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A new development plan for 18-32A Darlinghurst Road – including The Bourbon and the Empire Hotel - has emerged under the cover of COVID-19. Titled “Darlinghurst Road Potts Point,” the proposal is the work of award winning architectural firm Tonkinzulaikhagreeer Architects (TZG) for their client Piccadilly Hotel Operation Trust Pty Ltd, […]

Kings Cross Markets return

by JOHN MOYLE It’s been a crazy few weeks under isolation and everyone has their own personal version of how they are coping or not. Even before the lockdown started there was panic buying of toilet paper that seized the popular imagination in a feeble attempt of empowerment against the unknown. For a while there […]